There was mild drama at the Abuja Supreme Court on Thursday as Lagos-based human rights lawyer Malcom Omoirhobo caused a stir in the courtroom when he appeared in traditional attire complete with an “Olokun priest” to attend the hearings.
The lawyer said he dressed in court in this manner to exercise his basic human rights following the Supreme Court ruling which allowed all Nigerians to express their mode of worship and worship. use of the hijab in schools and public places.
It should be recalled that the Supreme Court on Friday gave permission for Muslim female students to wear the hijab at school in Lagos State.
Five of the seven court panel members who sat on the case ruled in favor of hijab while the remaining two members dissented.
The lawyer, who arrived in court around 9.05am, created a scene in the courtroom when other lawyers who were seated were surprised to see him dressed in traditional attire to look like an herbalist.
The lawyer who entered the court was barefoot with feathers attached to his wig.
He also wore a gourd on his collar with cowries and a red cape tied around his waist.
He challenged the police officers and security guards who approached him to come out saying he had the right to come to court in his traditional regalia without any harassment as per the judgment.
The court proceedings were abruptly interrupted when the presiding judge suddenly announced that they were going to take a short break.
Although it was not immediately possible to determine what was responsible for the short break.
The situation drew a large crowd who thronged the courtroom to see people using their cellphones to take his pictures.
Malcom who spoke to reporters said, “I am very grateful to the Supreme Court last week, Friday, for making a very resounding decision that promotes section 38 of the constitution. It is our right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. That we are free to express our mode of worship in our schools and in our courts. This decision was made on Friday and it encouraged me.
“Because I am a traditionalist and that is how I worship. Based on the Supreme Court ruling, this is how I will dress from now on in court because I am a strong follower of “Olokun “, the god of the rivers.
Malcom said the implication of the judgment was that every Nigerian, including doctors, police, military students and journalists, can now wear their mode of worship in public places.
He added that he was not against the judgment but rather pleased with the decision as it enhanced and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Drama as human rights lawyer attends Supreme Court hearings in traditional worship attire [Photos]